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The Roxana refineries named in a personal injury lawsuit which claims they released benzene into the soil and air, have declined to settle the case and are requesting a jury trial, said the Madison-St. Clair Record.
According to the Madison-St. Clair Record, the claim names Shell Oil Company, BP Products North America, ConocoPhillips Company, WRB Refining, and Cenovus GPCO as defendants. The plaintiff, Betty Cox, claims that the refineries operated in such a way that they released benzene into the soil and air, which then entered her home through an open drain in her basement and cracks in the cinder block basement wall.
Cox alleges in her complaint that benzene is classified as a highly toxic chemical and human carcinogen, and has been released into the soil in such a way that it contaminated the groundwater in the area. She believes that the release of this chemical near her home has caused her to develop cancer. She is seeking compensatory damages for more than $200,000.
The companies have responded by requesting jury involvement, stating that they have followed all federal regulations regarding the operation of the refineries. They also state that they have obtained permits that authorize them to release limited amounts of certain chemicals into the air. They have stated that the claims filed against them are preempted by federal and state laws, including the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, and the Compensation and Liability act.
If a company were to mishandle hazardous materials or follows improper procedure, it could be very easy for someone to get hurt. Regardless of the outcome of this case, if you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury as the result of corporate or industrial negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Contact an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney right away. They can ensure that your side of the story is fairly represented in court and help you get any funds you may be eligible to receive.